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Saturday, July 31, 2010


Arizona Ruling

I think Judge Bolton got it wrong in the Arizona immigration law case. He ruling was based on the theory of preemption-state law cannot conflict with federal law. Good concept-in the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, in fact. However, every other preemption case has involved a state law conflicting with the Constitution, a federal statute (or agency regulation promulgated in accordance with a federal statute) or a treaty. To my knowledge, there have been no preemption cases involving a state law being struck down because it conflicted with some vague "policy." The Constitution, federal laws, and treaties are the supreme law of the land. State law cannot conflict with them. This is not the case for the President's policy preferences.

Friday, July 23, 2010


Consent Dismissal

I signed off on a consent dismissal today. The client will keep her house. I guess this counts as my first victory in court!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


First Cousin Once Removed

I got back the other day from a trip home to see my new first cousin once removed (cousin's daughter), Nora Kate. She was cute, really cute. I got to hold her and feed her and everything. :-)

Monday, July 05, 2010


Independence Day

It's observed today, so this post isn't late!
Happy Independence Day!
"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. "
-God Bless America

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